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December 13, 2019
china's ban on Western computer hardware and software could have repercussions beyond the current trade war
China has issued an order that all foreign-made computer equipment and software be removed from government offices and public institutions within the next three years. China has estimated that upwards of 30 million pieces of hardware will need to be replaced. This is just the latest salvo in the ongoing trade war between the United States and China, the world's two largest national economies. [More...]

December 13, 2019
with its powerful capabilities linux lite offers much more than its name implies
Serving two masters, in theory, is nearly impossible. In practice, the Linux Lite distribution easily satisfies Linux newcomers and veteran penguin fans as well. This distro is very beginner-friendly -- in large part due to a fine-tuned Xfce desktop interface that gives former Windows and macOS users a familiar base. I have always considered the distro's name -- "Linux Lite" -- to be a misnomer. [More...]

December 12, 2019
the latest chrome browser update includes 51 security updates
Google has released an update to its Chrome browser with a slew of new features that are heavy on security. The new version has 51 security fixes. It offers improved password protection over earlier versions, real-time phishing protection, and predictive phishing tools. Google recognizes the issues and has taken steps to fix them, noted James McQuiggan, security awareness advocate at KnowBe4. [More...]

December 11, 2019
facebook refused a request for government backdoor access to encrypted messaging apps
Facebook has rejected a request from the U.S., the UK and Australia for a "backdoor" in its encrypted messenger apps to help law enforcement agencies combat crime and terrorism. "Cybersecurity experts have repeatedly proven that when you weaken any part of an encrypted system, you weaken it for everyone, everywhere," wrote WhatsApp head Will Cathcart and Facebook Messenger head Stan Chudnovsky. [More...]

December 11, 2019
the discord communication tool popular with gamers could be a good choice for incident response teams
Cybersecurity incident response teams have choices when it comes to communication tools: Microsoft Teams, Slack, Zoom and numerous others. Some require a subscription or commercial license -- others are free. Some are niche tools specifically designed for incident response. Some are generic business communication tools that IR teams have adapted for use during a cybersecurity incident. [More...]

December 10, 2019
researchers have successfully embedded digital data dna in a plastic bunny
Researchers at a Swedish university have unveiled a method for mixing genetically encoded digital data into common manufacturing materials. The project, carried out in collaboration with an Israeli scientist, involved embedding artificial DNA in a small plastic 3D-printed plastic bunny, which would allow self-replication, according to a report published in Nature Biotechnology. [More...]

December 10, 2019
despite generational and gender issues optimism in the open source community is high
Optimism about the future of open source is high among software developers worldwide. However, a growing number of devs worry that a lack of funding threatens its sustainability. That is a key takeaway from DigitalOcean's second annual open source survey. The online survey provides a snapshot of the state of open source, as well as a gauge of the inclusivity and friendliness of contributors. [More...]

December 9, 2019
if apple aims to cripple qualcomm to stifle competition the result could spell doom for apple
Both Intel and a bunch of professors connected to Apple and the FTC came out in support of the Judge Koh verdict against Qualcomm, even though it had been shown that the foundational evidence was manufactured contrary to the wishes of the DoJ, DoD and other major government agencies. That was well after Qualcomm was identified as a critical part of the U.S. defense against Huawei's 5G dominance. [More...]

December 6, 2019
smart tv owners should take steps to protect their privacy and security the fbi warned
Cybercriminals have discovered ways to compromise smart TVs, the FBI recently warned. Smart TV owners should do their due diligence to secure the devices, the bureau urged. Smart TVs are just as accessible to unauthorized parties as computers or other Internet-connected devices. Because many TVs now feature microphones and cameras, predators could commit serious privacy intrusions. [More...]

December 5, 2019
amazon web services announced inroads in 5g and hybrid it infrastructure
Among the highlights of Amazon Web Services re:Invent are three announcements that strengthen its presence in the enterprise hybrid IT infrastructure market: AWS is teaming with Verizon to deliver 5G edge cloud computing; the first AWS Local Zone is located in Los Angeles; and AWS Outposts are generally available. These moves "close some huge competitive gaps," observed tech analyst Rob Enderle. [More...]

December 5, 2019
linux for all with the lxde desktop is a great distro for anyone who values performance over flash
Linux For All very well could be a unifying Linux distribution that provides a common computing platform. LFA comes in just one flavor, the LXDE environment. However, LXDE is an inviting option that eliminates confusion and complexity in favor of a powerful desktop that is lightweight enough to run on low-powered aging hardware. A major advantage is better hardware support for Nvidia graphics. [More...]

December 4, 2019
twitter has a new privacy center but it also has pulled some users away from the eu's gdpr privacy umbrella
Twitter's new Privacy Center will give users more clarity on what it does to protect the information people share. The center will host everything relevant to Twitter's privacy and data protection work, including initiatives, announcements, new privacy products and communication about security incidents, noted Twitter Data Protection Officer Damien Kieran and Product Lead Kayvon Beykpour. [More...]

December 3, 2019
the european commission announced an investigation of google's and facebook's data handling practices
The European Union has launched a probe into how Google and Facebook gather, process, use and monetize data for advertising purposes. The European Commission has begun distributing questionnaires as part of a preliminary investigation into Google's and Facebook's data practices. Facebook and Google join Amazon as targets of the EU's "digital czar," Margrethe Vestager. [More...]

December 2, 2019
artificial intelligence could vastly improve the way we choose gifts for one another
If you are like me, every Christmas you dread shopping because figuring out what everyone wants is a bit of a nightmare. You don't know what folks want in your price range. If you find out, there is no easy way to be sure they haven't bought it themselves, or that someone else didn't get it for them. Choosing sizes and colors adds to the nightmare. These problems aren't limited to Christmas. [More...]

November 30, 2019
enterprises can gain a competitive advantage with hpc and ai applications
During the recent SC19 supercomputing conference, the top semiconductor and systems vendors discussed and demoed the highest-performance computing solutions in the world. While it's easy to imagine these platforms solving some of the most challenging problems, and simulating everything from the human genome to climate change, there are thousands of other applications that can benefit as well. [More...]

NICE inContact CXone is the Cloud Contact Center Leader
How concerned are you about the effect tariffs on Chinese imports might have on technology products and businesses?
Very -- I fear that some businesses will fail.
Considerably -- I'm expecting serious price hikes on some tech products.
Somewhat -- I'm not sure what the negative effects will be, though.
Not much -- I don't run a tech business or buy a lot of tech products.
Not at all -- I think the tariffs ultimately will be beneficial.
I don't know enough about this to know if I should be concerned or not.
NICE inContact CXone is the Cloud Contact Center Leader
NICE inContact CXone is the Cloud Contact Center Leader

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